The Word Police: Filter Words
Fantastic post of avoiding filter words in writing from Diana
The Word Police are at it again. This time they plan to rap some filter words on the head.
Filter words are generally bad dudes and worth arresting when you catch up to them. They’re guilty of two things:
- They add lots of unnecessary/empty words to your story and therefore can bog down your pace… a lot.
- They distance your readers from your characters. The “narrator” tells us that the character is thinking/sensing something (filters the information) instead of just letting us experience the thoughts/sensations directly.
In this 217-word passage, there are 20 filter words.
Greta stood on her front porch. She felt the long-awaited spring call her with a rustling of leaves and patter of hummingbird wings. A smile brightened her face as she watched them battle around the feeder that she’d remembered to fill yesterday. She supposed she wasn’t the only one enjoying the languid morning. On the…
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